12 Jul '18, 6pm

Bill would make Pentagon track allied defense spending for Congress

Bill would make Pentagon track allied defense spending for Congress

WASHINGTON — Arguing America’s allies need to pull their own weight, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee has proposed a bill to restart Pentagon reporting to Congress on countries’ annual military spending . “NATO and other mutual defense agreements have a purpose, but until we no longer bear the greatest brunt of the financial burden, we cannot and should not consider expanding these commitments,” Lee said in a statement Thursday to announce the bill known as the Allied Burden Sharing Report Act of 2018. The proposal is the latest in a flurry of bills related to NATO that have come around U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Brussels for the alliance’s summit this week. Lee’s would require the Department of Defense to send Congress an annual report on the common defense contributions of NATO countries and other allies, including Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Australia, ...

Full article: https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nato-priorities/2018/07/1...

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